Lyndon Institute Selected for National College Readiness Program
Lyndon Institute has been recognized as a winner of the “Closing the Gap” awards, sponsored by College For Every Student, and will begin participating in the national college readiness program in August 2015.
“We are extremely excited to receive CFES programming,” said Lyndon Institute Headmaster Daren Houck. “With over 50 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch and many being the first in their family to even attempt college, Lyndon Institute has a population of students that need additional supports for them to be college-ready.”
Fifty-two schools from 21 states applied for the “Closing the Gap” awards, which provides three years of College For Every Student programming that prepares students for college and career success. Seventeen schools have been selected and Lyndon Institute is the only school in Vermont to receive the award.
“The awards will help us reach several thousand low-income students and get them on the path to college success,” said College For Every Student President and CEO Rick Dalton.
The College For Every Student program is tailored to fit the needs and culture of individual schools and engages every CFES Scholar in three high-impact practices – Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, and Pathways to College.
“The ‘Closing the Gap' award will provide us greater tools and more opportunities to help our students receive supports and enable them to find a new level of academic success and personal excellence," added Headmaster Houck.
“Over the last two months, we conducted interviews with schools, trying to determine which had the best leadership and commitment to move students toward college success,” said College For Every Student Vice President of Programs Tara Smith. “When we interviewed educators at Lyndon, it was evident that they were looking to really empower their students and create new opportunities for the school.”
The CFES program has been successful for more than two decades with 99 percent of CFES Scholars graduating from high school and 95 percent attending college.
The Closing the Gap awards are part of College For Every Student’s commitment to scale up and help one million low-income youth attain college degrees by 2025.